The Central SF Classic Lit Book Club

The Central SF Classic Lit Book Club

The Central SF Classic Lit Book Club focuses exclusively on classic literature selections that have stood the test of time. New members are welcome!

The Central SF Classic Lit Book Club meets at Books Inc. in The Castro on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 6.30 PM.

For more information visit: http://www.meetup.com/Central-SF-Classic-Lit-Book-Club/


 

 

$16.00
ISBN: 9780385333849
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Published: Delta - January 11th, 1999

October 2014 Selection: Billy Pilgrim is the son of an American barber. He serves as a chaplain's assistant in World War II, is captured by the Germans, and he survives the largest massacre in European history--the fire bombing of Dresden. After the war Billy makes a great deal of money as an optometrist, and on his wedding night he is kidnapped by a flying saucer from the planet Tralfamadore. So begins a modern classic by a master storyteller.


By Edith Wharton, Cynthia G. Wolff (Editor), Cynthia Griffin Wolff (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9780140189704
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Published: Penguin Classics - March 1996

September 2014 Selection: Wharton's Pulitzer Prize-winning classic novel of passion and desire. The beautiful Countess Ellen Olenska, fleeing her brutish husband, returns from Europe to the upper-class world of Old New York in the 1870s. Her rebellious independence and impulsive awareness of life stir the educated sensitivity of Newland Archer, already engaged to marry Ellen's cousin. "(Wharton's) best book".-- The New York Times.


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Published: Penguin Books - March 25th, 2003

For their August meeting, the Central SF Classic Lit Book Club will discuss Books VI-VIII of Middlemarch by George Eliot.


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Published: Penguin Books - March 25th, 2003

For their July meeting, the Central SF Classic Lit Book Club will discuss Books I-IV of Middlemarch by George Eliot.

July 2014 Selection: It was George Eliot's ambition to create a world and portray a whole community--tradespeople, middle classes, country gentry--in the rising fictional provincial town of Middlemarch, circa 1830. Vast and crowded, rich in narrative irony and
suspense, Middlemarch is richer still in character and in its sense of how individual destinies are shaped by and shape the community.


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ISBN: 9780375706455
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Published: Vintage Books - July 27th, 1999

June 2014 Selection: "The time will come when she will be ranked above Hemingway." --Leon Edel In this powerful portrait of the self-making of an artist, Willa Cather created one of her most extraordinary heroines. Thea Kronborg, a minister's daughter in a provincial Colorado town, seems destined from childhood for a place in the wider world. But as her path to the world stage leads her ever farther from the humble town she can't forget and from the man she can't afford to love, Thea learns that her exceptional musical talent and fierce ambition are not enough.
It is in the solitude of a tiny rock chamber high in the side of an Arizona cliff--"a cleft in the heart of the world"--that Thea comes face to face with her own dreams and desires, stripped clean by the haunting purity of the ruined cliff dwellings and inspired by the whisperings of their ancient dust. Here she finds the courage to seize her future and to use her gifts to catch "the shining, elusive element that is life itself--life hurrying past us and running away, too strong to stop, too sweet to lose." In prose as shimmering and piercingly true as the light in a desert canyon, Cather takes us into the heart of a woman coming to know her deepest self.


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ISBN: 9780199536047
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - June 2008

May 2014 Selection: When a young graduate returns home he is accompanied, much to his father and uncle's discomfort, by a strange friend "who doesn't acknowledge any authorities, who doesn't accept a single principle on faith." Turgenev's masterpiece of generational conflict shocked Russian society when it was published in 1862 and continues today to seem as fresh and outspoken as it did to those who first encountered its nihilistic hero.
This new translation, specially commissioned for the Oxford World's Classics, is the first to draw on Turgenev's working manuscript, which only came to light in 1988.
About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.


$14.00
ISBN: 9780679728894
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Published: Vintage Books USA - June 16th, 1990

April 2014 Selection: Willa Cather's best known novel; a narrative that recounts a life lived simply in the silence of the southwestern desert.

In the mid-nineteenth century, Father Latour, eventually to become archbishop of Santa Fe, went with his friend from seminary days, Father Vaillant, to win the Southwest for Catholicsm. After nearly forty years of love and service, the archbishop died of "having lived".
 


By Mark Twain, Alfred Kazin (Afterword by)
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ISBN: 9780553210798
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Published: Bantam Classics - February 1981

March 2014 Selection: Hilariously picaresque, epic in scope, alive with the poetry and vigor of the American people, Mark Twain's story about a young boy and his journey down the Mississippi was the first great novel to speak in a truly American voice. Influencing subsequent generations of writers -- from Sherwood Anderson to Twain's fellow Missourian, T.S. Eliot, from Ernest Hemingway and William Faulkner to J.D. Salinger -- "Huckleberry Finn," like the river which flows through its pages, is one of the great sources which nourished and still nourishes the literature of America.


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ISBN: 9780385490818
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Published: Anchor - March 13th, 1998

February 2014 Selection: In the world of the near future, who will control women's bodies?
Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are only valued if their ovaries are viable.
Offred can remember the days before, when she lived and made love with her husband Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now....
Funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing, "The Handmaid's Tale" is at once scathing satire, dire warning, and tour de force.


By Laurence Sterne, Joan New (Editor), Melvyn New (Editor)
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ISBN: 9780141439778
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Published: Penguin Books - May 27th, 2003

December 2013 Selection:The comic masterpiece Tristram Shandy is often regarded as a progenitor of the twentieth century novel. Within the resolutely tangled strands of this narrative is the life, from conception, of a gentleman cursed at birth with the name Tristram. Though everything occurs between parlor and garden, Tristram's excitable father, bewildered mother, and Uncle Toby provide ample opportunity for the digressions and madcap events that structure this seminal novel.


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ISBN: 9780156012959
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Published: Harvest Books - September 3rd, 2002

November 2013 Selection: One of the great classics of American fiction is now available in this restored edition that presents it as it was originally written. The winner of the 1947 Pulitzer Prize traces the rise and fall of Southern politician Willie Talos, an idealistic man of the people who is corrupted by success and lust for power. This edition is restored by Noel Polk.


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ISBN: 9780374530631
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - March 6th, 2007

October 2013 Selection: "Wise Blood," Flannery O'Connor's astonishing and haunting first novel, is a classic of twentieth-century literature. Focused on the story of Hazel Motes, a twenty-two-year-old caught in an unending struggle against his innate, desperate fate, this tale of redemption, retribution, false prophets, blindness, blindings, and wisdoms gives us one of the most riveting characters in twentieth-century American fiction.


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ISBN: 9780380729401
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Published: Eos - September 26th, 2006

August 2013 Selection: Three hours after midnight, one week before Halloween, Cooger & Dark's Pandemonium Shadow Show rolls into Green Town, Illinois. A carnival like no other, it feeds on the dreams and weaknesses of those drawn to its eerie attractions, destroying every life touched by its strange and sinister mystery. Two boys--best friends Will Halloway and Jim Nightshade--are about to learn the secret of its smoke, mazes and mirrors as they confront a nightmarish evil that will change their lives forever.


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ISBN: 9780394758282
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Published: Vintage Books USA - July 12th, 1988

July 2013 Selection: Raymond Chandler's first novel, published in 1939, introduces us to Philip Marlowe, a thirty-eight-old private detective moving through the seamy side of Los Angeles in the 1930s. The case involves a paralyzed California millionaire, two psychotic daughters, blackmail, and murder.


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ISBN: 9780199538751
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - November 2009

June 2013 Selection: This fine example of the French realist novel contrasts the social progress of an impoverished but ambitious aristocrat with the tale of a father, whose obsessive love for his daughters leads to his personal and financial ruin.
About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.


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ISBN: 9780307949523
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Published: Vintage Books - June 5th, 2012

May 2013 Selection: Set among the glittering salons of Gilded Age New York, Edith Wharton's most popular novel is a moving indictment of a society whose soul-crushing limitations destroy a woman too spirited to be contained by them.
The beautiful, much-desired Lily Bart has been raised to be one of the perfect wives of the wealthy upper class, but her drive and her spark of independent character prevent her from conforming sucessfully. Her desire for a comfortable life means that she will not marry for love without money, but her resistance to the rules of the social elite endangers her many marriage proposals and leads to a dramatic downward spiral into debt and dishonor. One of Edith Wharton's most bracing and nuanced portraits of the life of women in a hostile, highly ordered world, "The House of Mirth" unfolds with the force of classical tragedy.


By Graham Greene, John Updike (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9780142437308
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Published: Penguin Books - February 25th, 2003

April 2013 Selection: In a poor, remote section of southern Mexico, the Red Shirts have taken control. God has been outlawed, and the priests have been systematically hunted down and killed. Now, the last priest strives to overcome physical and moral cowardice in order to find redemption.


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ISBN: 9780141439495
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Published: Penguin Books - February 25th, 2003

February 2013 Selection: Shipwrecked castaway Lemuel Gulliver's encounters with the petty, diminutive Lilliputians, the crude giants of Brobdingnag, the abstracted scientists of Laputa, the philosophical Houyhnhnms, and the brutish Yahoos give him new, bitter insights into human behavior. Swift's fantastic and subversive book remains supremely relevant in our own age of distortion, hypocrisy, and irony.


By Charles Dickens, Charlotte Mitchell (Editor), David Trotter (Introduction by)
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Published: Penguin Books - December 31st, 2002

January 2013 Selection: The orphan Pip's terrifying encounter with an escaped convict on the Kent marshes, and his mysterious summons to the house of Miss Havisham and her cold, beautiful ward Estella, form the prelude to his "great expectations." How Pip comes into a fortune, what he does with it, and what he discovers through his secret benefactor are the ingredients of his struggle for moral redemption.


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ISBN: 9780802144478
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Published: Grove Press - May 2009

December 2012 Selection:The first novel of Samuel Beckett's mordant and exhilarating midcentury trilogy introduces us to Molloy, who has been mysteriously incarcerated, and who subsequently escapes to go discover the whereabouts of his mother. In the latter part of this curious masterwork, a certain Jacques Moran is deputized by anonymous authorities to search for the aforementioned Molloy. In the trilogy's second novel, Malone, who might or might not be Molloy himself, addresses us with his ruminations while in the act of dying. The third novel consists of the fragmented monologue-delivered, like the monologues of the previous novels, in a mournful rhetoric that possesses the utmost splendor and beauty-of what might or might not be an armless and legless creature living in an urn outside an eating house. Taken together, these three novels represent the high-water mark of the literary movement we call Modernism. Within their linguistic terrain, where stories are taken up, broken off, and taken up again, where voices rise and crumble and are resurrected, we can discern the essential lineaments of our modern condition, and encounter an awesome vision, tragic yet always compelling and always mysteriously invigorating, of consciousness trapped and struggling inside the boundaries of nature.


By James Joyce, Seamus Deane (Editor)
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ISBN: 9780142437346
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Published: Penguin Books - March 25th, 2003

October 2012 Selection:

 

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man portrays Stephen Dedalus's Dublin childhood and youth, providing an oblique self-portrait of the young James Joyce. At its center are questions of origin and source, authority and authorship, and the relationship of an artist to his family, culture, and race. Exuberantly inventive, this coming-of-age story is a tour de force of style and technique.

 


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ISBN: 9780140014457
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Published: Penguin Books - October 27th, 1977

September 2012 Selection: Set in a part of London where struggling writers rub shoulders with successful bookies, and film starlets with frantic philosophers. Its hero, Jake Donaghue, is a likable young man who makes a living out of translation work and sponging off his friends. A meeting with Anna, an old flame, leads him into a series of fantastic adventures.


$18.00
ISBN: 9780374528379
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - June 14th, 2002

August 2012 Selection: "Far and away the best translation of Dostoevsky into English that I have seen . . . faithful . . . extremely readable . . . gripping."--Sidney Monas, University of Texas


By Gustave Flaubert, Lydia Davis (Translator), Lydia Davis (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9780143106494
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Published: Penguin Books - October 4th, 2011

June 2012 Pick:The must-have deluxe edition of the fantastically acclaimed new translation of one of the world's most celebrated novels. Emma Bovary is the original desperate housewife. Beautiful but bored, she spends lavishly on clothes and on her home and embarks on two disappointing affairs in an effort to make her life everything she believes it should be. Soon heartbroken and crippled by debts, she takes drastic action, with tragic consequences for her husband and daughter. In this landmark new translation of Gustave Flaubert's masterwork, award-winning writer and translator Lydia Davis honors the nuances and particulars of Flaubert's legendary prose style, giving new life in English to the book that redefined the novel as an art form.


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ISBN: 9780307947192
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Published: Vintage Books - January 3rd, 2012

May 2012 Pick: One of Charles Dickens's most critically admired novels, this story of a monumental and life-consuming court case features one of his most vast and varied casts of colorful characters. In "Bleak House, " competing claims of love and inheritance--complicated by murder--have given rise to a costly and decades-long legal battle that one litigant refers to as "the family curse." The insidious London fog that rises from the river Thames and seeps into the very bones of the characters symbolizes the pervasive corruption of the legal system and the society that supports it, targets of Dickens's satirical wrath. Displaying Dickens's familiar panoramic sweep and brilliant characters--including the mysterious orphan Esther Summerson, her gentle guardian John Jarndyce, the haughty Lady Dedlock, and the scheming lawyer Mr. Tulkinghorn--the novel is also a bold experimental narrative that unforgettably dramatizes our most basic human conflicts.


By F. Scott Fitzgerald, Charles Scribner (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9780684801544
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Published: Scribner Book Company - July 1995

April 2012 Selection


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ISBN: 9780679723165
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Published: Vintage Books USA - March 13th, 1989

March 2012 Selection


By Herman Melville, Frederick Busch (Introduction by)
$10.00
ISBN: 9780140390537
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Published: Penguin Books - April 1986

December 2011 Pick:


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ISBN: 9780385721790
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Published: Anchor Books - February 25th, 2003

November 2011 Pick: McEwan, Booker Prize-winning author of "Amsterdam, " has created a symphonic novel of love and war, childhood and class, guilt and forgiveness that provides all the satisfaction of a brilliant narrative combined with the provocation readers have come to expect from this master of English prose.


By Marcel Proust, C. K. Scott Moncrieff (Translator), Terence Kilmartin (Translator)
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ISBN: 9780375751547
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Published: Modern Library - June 23rd, 1998

October 2011 Selection: In "Swann's Way," the themes of Proust's masterpiece are introduced, and the narrator's childhood in Paris and Combray is recalled, most memorably in the evocation of the famous maternal good-night kiss. The recollection of the narrator's love for Swann's daughter Gilberte leads to an account of Swann's passion for Odette and the rise of the nouveaux riches Verdurins.


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ISBN: 9780140070200
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Published: Penguin Books - February 7th, 1984

September 2011 Selection: The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is now a movie directed by Hector Babenco ( Kiss of the Spider Woman) starring Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep. Nicholson plays Francis Phelan, ex-ballplayer, part-time gravedigger, full-time drunk, a man trying to make peace with the ghosts of his past and present. 8 pages of photos. Show Less


By Virginia Woolf, Eudora Welty (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9780156907392
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Published: Harvest Books - December 27th, 1989

July 2011 Selection:  The subject of this extraordinary novel is the daily life of an English family in the Hebrides.

"Radiant as [To the Lighthouse] is in its beauty, there could never be a mistake about it: here is a novel to the last degree severe and uncompromising. I think that beyond being about the very nature of reality, it is itself a vision of reality."-Eudora Welty, from her Introduction.